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Submitted by MattS 1213d ago | opinion piece

Sony and Nintendo to be the 2012 holiday winners?

Digitally Downloaded writes: "So how will the holiday season play out? Looking at how things stand now, I think Nintendo and Sony are well placed. I have a question mark over Microsoft." (Microsoft, Nintendo, PS3, Sony, Wii U, Xbox 360)

mr_magic_mike  +   1213d ago
"But to me it strikes me as rather wise that Sony has conceded that a lot of “real” gamer dollars are going to be tied up by Nintendo this Christmas...

...There’s a couple of first-party “core” games (PlayStation All Stars) and third-party blockbusters (Call of Duty) that should give the more dedicated Sony gamer something to play this Christmas anyway."

That's... winning? That's only 2 games? Hmmm, I wonder what they have to say about Microsoft?

"Microsoft has a slight problem in that it is largely relying on two very big eggs, and hoping they don’t drop out of a very small basket. Forza and Halo look absolutely spectacular – it’s impossible to argue otherwise, and in fact the response to Halo 4 at the recent EB World Expo put it up there with the most popular games of the show.

But Microsoft doesn’t really have anything else."
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LOGICWINS  +   1213d ago
"...There’s a couple of first-party “core” games"

You only listed PS All Stars. Are there any others? Move titles perhaps?
mr_magic_mike  +   1213d ago
I didn't write this article. That's what the author listed, hence the quotation marks.
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LOGICWINS  +   1213d ago
Okay lol. Well, do you personally know of any other PS3 exclusives coming out later in the year besides LBP Karting/PS All Starts? I'm already getting AC3, FC3, but I trying to figure out a 3rd game to buy.
JellyJelly  +   1213d ago
"...There’s a couple of first-party “core” games (PlayStation All Stars) and third-party blockbusters (Call of Duty) that should give the more dedicated Sony gamer something to play this Christmas anyway."

Although COD has a history of selling better on the 360. Just saying.
MattS  +   1213d ago
But... the point was that Sony's "casual" focus for this year's Christmas with Wonderbook and the like is wise, given Nintendo has a new console launch... and then there are a couple of "core" games to do with it...
mr_magic_mike  +   1213d ago
Okay... that's the point the article lol.

My point was that the article is bias. The author does not even bother to paint Sony as "the winner", he just puts it in the title. From what I have read, they have the same holiday focus as Microsoft. There will be a few "core games", and a casual focus.
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MattS  +   1213d ago
The headline was a question, not a statement - it's a piece to encourage discussion, not really argue a specific side. And the piece does outline why Sony seems to have the stronger casual play compared to Microsoft this year.
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fermcr  +   1213d ago
Nintendo will likely be a winner with the release of a new console (WiiU) and games for that console.

As for Sony, i don't see them as winners, exclusives wise. They simply don't have any exclusives worth mentioning for this Christmas... they might (???) get a piece of the casual market with Wonderbook and will sell consoles with multiplat titles and bundles.

Microsoft might be a winner since they have 2 big hitters, Halo and Forza, and have temporary exclusive deals for Call of Duty. They also have bundles that will probably sell a few consoles.
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GribbleGrunger  +   1213d ago
If the author of this piece is talking in terms of worldwide sales, then yes, Sony could possibly get a larger slice of this Christmas than MS (but I think Nintendo is almost guaranteed the largest slice regardless). If the author is talking about sales this Christmas in America, then I think he's wrong and that it will be Nintendo and Microsoft that get the larger slice with Sony propping up the rear. We'll see.
DivineAssault  +   1213d ago
well, look at it this way, what is nintendo getting this yr that sony isnt or doesnt already have? after u rule those out, then look at what u get for the money.. Should be a simple decision... Exclusives dont have to be pumped out every month of the yr now do they?? Nintendo fans of all ppl should know that.. PS3 owners get all multiplats (not some), plus a couple 1st party exclusives & vita owners get a truck load of exclusives... Plus u know, things like online, trophies, blu ray, psn, etc.. Oh & nx yr????? lol not even going there..

Both companies should do well.. Hell, even MS has halo to move some units too.. I must say that PS3 buyers/owners will be very VERY happy in the months following the holidays... Maybe even Wii U buyers.. MAYBE
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greenpowerz  +   1213d ago
Nope...Sounds like damage control on the levels republicans must be formulating right now after tonight's presidential debate.

Mario vs Halo

That's it.. Those are the facts.
xursz  +   1213d ago
Are we all gamers or sales analysts?! Smh half the 'news' on this site is sales data or opinion pieces predicting future sales data.
Cocozero  +   1213d ago
MS has the biggest exclusive lineup and with COD they will easily top Sony, like they have every year
The_Infected  +   1213d ago
MS has Forza Horizon, Halo 4, and Black Ops so I'd say Nintendo and MS not Sony.
mcstorm  +   1213d ago
I was just thinking the same thing. I can see Halo 4 outselling Halo 3 because of the buzz 343i are making for the game and it also looks amazing too. Add that to MS £££££ ££ marking the game plus BO2 will be a big seller anyway as it is its own name at the moment and I see Forza Horizon doing well for its self too add that to the xmas rush of family's buying an xbox for Kinect I think it will come out on top over charismas and then a fight between Nintendo and Sony for 2nd and that will depend on the supply for the wiiu.
ALLWRONG  +   1213d ago
Marcus_Fenix That's 2 core titles you listed that will rock the 360 this holiday.

The PS3 on the other hand has LBP Karting and Battle Royal. LOL and people say the 360 is nothing but casual, and MS abandoned the core.
The_Infected  +   1212d ago
Also to note MS hase a $50 price drop on all models and the WiiU is coming out. Sony is in a mess as usual.
Blankman85  +   1213d ago
Halo 4, Forza 4 and Dance Central 3 say Microsoft have got a pretty good holiday line up. Fable The Journey is also in there as well as Sesame Street which is sure to get a bundle this holiday season.
ipe  +   1213d ago
Its ms in usa and sony worlwide.

N cant produce enough consoles for holidays. If im not mistaken there ll be only 300k wiiu for usa this winter.
ALLWRONG  +   1213d ago
PS3 hasn't been "worldwide" since 2010. Portable gaming, Sony has never been worldwide.
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ipe  +   1211d ago
Since?? Its not like it was 15 y ago.

And last year ms overshiped by 2,3 millions, check gaf. This year ms have worst year since 2007, no way they ll finish first.

Look at disagrees, facts hurts feelings or what.

N d be first but they cant produce enough consoles
ChunkyLover53  +   1213d ago
The problem for Nintendo is that there will be limited amounts of Wii U's available, so while they probably could sell 3 million units by Christmas, they'll probably have less than 500,000 units available.

Microsoft always does well for the holidays, they just knocked $50 off and threw in 2 great games, Forza 4 and Skyrim. So I see them having a particularly great Black Friday. Considering Black Ops 2 looks so good, Forza Horizon and Halo 4 of course, Microsoft will probably win the holidays by default.
insomnium2  +   1213d ago
Yeah these manufacturers will sell a bunch of consoles in holiday seasons. It's GREAT! Can't we discuss these things when the next quartarly report comes in hmm....?

I mean it's ok to discuss stuff but headlines like these are nothing but flamebait. Aren't we too old for this sh*t?
Yangus  +   1213d ago
Sony NO.

Nintendo WiiU&Halo 4&Black Ops 2.
abzdine  +   1213d ago
i dont know but i'm buying a Vita
TheLyonKing  +   1213d ago
Nintendo will have this purely because it is a new console
Ps3 since they have slashed the price and brought a new model too.
Xbox will get a lot of sales in America however cause it just sells there.

Worldwide though that order is my prediction.
AO1JMM  +   1213d ago
PS3 did not get a price cut.
from the beach  +   1213d ago
Wii U will lead the way, that much seems certain.

Xbox 360 has arguably the single biggest exclusive of the year in Halo 4.

There's also been an impressive volley of Kinect releases over the past couple of weeks including lots of ones for younger players.

Wonderbook has its work cut out for it going against that lineup.
TheLyonKing  +   1213d ago
Yeah I thought about halo 4 but that really isn't a system seller so late on this gen. Software wise ms will do good that is for sure.
whitesoxfalife1976  +   1213d ago
homi u crazy halo 4 aint out to sell systems, but on the other hand did u look at the halo 4 bundle.. when people find out it is a see thru 360, unheard of for any console that came b4 it unless u did ya self console collectors like my self will jump all over that
DiRtY  +   1213d ago
Sony has the weakest holiday lineup ever and a (IMO) ugly new console for a higher price. The Vita is not doing so good either.

Nintendo has an aging Wii and a new console. How it actually does is unknown. The 3DS is doing quite well.

Microsoft has a solid holiday lineup and a pricecut.
AO1JMM  +   1213d ago
Why would Sony be a "winner" for this holiday period? They didnt lower the price of the PS3 and I do not see any huge exclusive IP launching this holiday. I can see Nintendo being the winner(or close 2nd) and MS due to the price drop and Halo 4s launch but not Sony.

Now if Last of Us was coming out.........
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Irishguy95  +   1212d ago
Why you so mad though? Sony will be a winner because the Vita will sell
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1213d ago
I really don't agree with this article.

As it stands:

The bare bones PS3 super slim is priced HIGHER then then the recently $50 price reduced Xbox 360.

CoD AND Halo 4 are both releasing just before the Holiday season where we already know Halo 4 is an exclusive Juggernaut title (which the author already states) and CoD has ALWAYS sold more on the 360.

The Author indicates that wonderbook is going to play a role in the casual sales market however completely ignores the FACT that casuals will NOT buy the more expensive hardware on the market. We have seen this time and time again with Wii sales and 360 sales. Casuals will not buy a more expensive PS3+move over a 360+Kinect bundle where there are by and far much more casual games associated to the Kinect peripheral.

This article is not only poorly written but indicates that not a shred of thought was even put into it. The arguments are as solid as a castle made out of playing cards.

MS and Nintendo will be leading the sales this Christmas. For Sony to compete, they need to drop the price of the Super Slim to attract the casual buyers and throw in a MOVE only game and a Move controller. THAT is what will get the casuals to buy the PS3 and possibly cut into MS's sales IF (going by the writers argument that casuals are the deciding factor for holiday sales) we are strictly looking at the casual market.

Core wise, MS are leading this Holiday season with Halo 4, Forza Horizon and the CoD popularity on the 360.
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whitesoxfalife1976  +   1213d ago
nuff said right there in that order
kingeo  +   1213d ago
Xbox360 will sell more than one million only on Black Friday alone in the US again.Same sad story each year.
etowntwo  +   1213d ago
Ms will rule this holiday season
Price cut
Halo 4 + cod
Kinent Dance Central + Fable

Nintendo..... It would seem Nintendo would win, but they aren't going to be able to make enough WiiU to meet demand
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GhostHero333  +   1213d ago
Sony........HAHAHAHAHAHA! Wow that was funny. I needed that.
wiiulee  +   1212d ago is sony even being mentioned as competition...isnt sony in last place

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